Likud: Netanyahu will stay foreign minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not have to give up the Foreign Ministry or the other portfolios he holds despite a landmark statement by a Supreme Court judge, Likud officials said Tuesday.

Justice Hanan Melcer, a former legal adviser to the Labor Party, told the state that Netanyahu cannot hold on to the ministries he currently holds without revising the current law. The statement, which was not a final decision and had no immediate legal consequences, was made at a hearing of petitions filed by Yesh Atid.

When he formed his government in May, Netanyahu kept for himself the Foreign Affairs, Communications, Health, and Regional Cooperation portfolios. Having to allocate those portfolios could cause Netanyahu major political problems.


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